“In the UK, riots are dominating the headlines. Shops have been turned inside out, their entrails left scattered across the streets. Here to help remind those who looted iPhones of the advantages of everyone just getting along is a puzzle game from 10tons, Joining Hands ($2.99/£1.99). Ironically, the game is a riot to play.
The app challenges you to place ultra-cute Peablins next to each other on a honeycomb grid in such a way that all of their hands are joined together. Peablins have up to six hands, so this can be quite a challenge. Over the course of the game, you unlock different characters – Brufflin is a one-eyed yellow jock who sounds like a depressed trampoline yawning as it’s bounced upon. He can’t move his hands, as they’re stuck a certain distance apart from each other, limiting where he can be placed. Poeglin is a sad-looking emo sphere who ‘needs his personal space’. To make him happy you have to make sure that there aren’t any Peablins placed directly next to him. There are six characters in all, each opening up taxing twists to the game mechanic. Completing a level whilst placing Peablins upon special star grids adds those stars to your collection. Stars add an extra layer of difficulty to the app…”